26 Aug Featured Artist: Chris Bartlett Photography
Chris is a New York-based documentary and human rights portrait photographer. He is also a commercial still life photographer, working primarily in the fashion, beauty, and luxury goods industries. He has been published in virtually all the major fashion publications including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. His commercial clients include Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade.
‘Starting around 1985 and ending in the early 2000’s Polaroid Corporation produced a black and white graphic arts instant roll film, Polagraph HC, that was used in 35mm cameras. It was high contrast and meant for reproducing type for slide projector presentations.’ CB
‘I experimented using the film for landscape photography. I loved the dark moodiness of it and its unusual grain structure.’ CB
‘I feel that they (the Polagraph Series) are best viewed large’ CB – view the series here
‘My images of the American west were inspired from a circumnavigation by car of the United States in 1983. We ended up spending several days at a ranch in the Texas panhandle, east of Amarillo…while I was drawn to the iconic imagery of the “cowboy on the horse”, I was equally enthralled by the pickup truck and its functional relationship with the ranch hand and the horses’ CB
Chris Bartlett Photography – Purchasing his fine art photography prints
See Chris’s galleries – ‘The Polagraph Series‘ ,‘Texas Cowboys Series (Flat File)‘, and ‘Flat File#2 – and everything you need to know about purchasing his limited edition fine art photography prints, including print sizes, prices, edition numbers, and shipping information.
Chris’s documentary projects have included military rape survivors, portraits of Iraqi former detainees who were tortured and abused by the U.S. military, and Burmese dissidents and former political prisoners. In a radio interview with the BBC during the 2014 Photoville exhibition, the interviewer asked the question
‘Though it is perhaps an unusual transition, I have no difficulty making the switch. Whether, digging emotionally deep to reveal the challenges of the human condition or minutely orchestrating how the light falls on an object, I am utilizing my photographic knowledge and experience to illuminate and tell a story. I capture the light and mold it into exposing the most beautiful aspect of a human being or still life composition. I am a photographer and storyteller‘ CB
‘Iraqi Detainees‘ is currently exhibiting on ‘The Fence‘, Boston, until September 1st, 2016
Read more about Chris in Meet the Photographers.
Header image ©Chris Bartlett ‘Cowboy #2‘